Monday, June 27, 2011

Kinda Blue Wheat Ale

Thanks to Mr. Louis Liva for donating this beer to the blog. I received it Saturday night during a dinner party of fresh organic chili and salad. Tasted after a productive Monday morning.

Appearance: Bronzed copper in color with a white foamy ring right around the glass, otherwise relatively lacking in head. The carbonation is small, but consistently rising to the surface. Lacing doesn't seem to cling to the sides of the glass. Pretty clear.
Aroma: Mellow fruitiness and a undertoned earthy element. I find there may be a lot of honey and caramel alt making up the majority of the backbone. Obviously blueberry, but somewhat synthetic smelling and very perfumy/estery.
Taste: Foretaste maintains a bit of a wheat character, but when the blueberry introduces itself, that middle flavor more or less comes off as caramel. Still, synthetic tasting with a mild blueberry flavor. I wish it would have been more tart. The fruit does even mask the potential citrus of the wheat. Generally, my impression is the beer is juicy, with far too much of an addition of a blueberry syrup concoction. Afterbreath is very artificial.
Mouthfeel: Medium to thicker body with a subtle appearance from the carbonation which encourages a drying finish. Mouthfeel isn't anything notable, just bubbly.
Overall Impression: Not worth a six pack, and probably not even worth getting in the craft pack. The beer left out a lot of what is offered by a normal wheat, namely yeast and breadiness - primarily because it was filtered. And then it made too much emphasis on the maple blueberry syrup character and artificial taste of the beer.


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